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Just put my third belt on... #199823 Jun 15, 11:40am Jun 15, 11:40am
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Just put my third belt on...
God Damn serpentine belt again! Just like with the second one it started squeeling like a pig when ever it rained, humid, or a little cool outside. Same old story, almost all of us have been through this.

But this time I tried belt dressing to see if it would help, hell no it made everything worse. Made this horrible grinding sound on start up and at higher rmp (above 3k). Got a lot of vibration in the pedal and wheel, think that goo was making the pulleys slip a bit.

So I took it to Craftsman Automotive (local VA shop I like) and they cleaned all that shit off the pulleys, put on a new belt, and made a few adjustments to the tensioner. Everything is great now but we will see how long this one lasts!! angry

Oh, and NEVER USE BELT DRESSING!!!!!!!!
wtf

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: Gen7fan] #199824 Jun 15, 12:32pm Jun 15, 12:32pm
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take it to the dealer to get it replaced

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: Steven] #199825 Jun 15, 12:35pm Jun 15, 12:35pm
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i have the same problem bro...it only acts up after a rainstorm or when its madd sticky humid outside...i remeber coming out of work and this hot girl was like "i think your brakes are squealing"..i jus gave her a nod but i knew it was my belt...thanks for the heads up on the dressing, i was about to opt for that...

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: Steven] #199826 Jun 15, 12:42pm Jun 15, 12:42pm
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Originally Posted by Steven
take it to the dealer to get it replaced


They did the second one, never again will toyota touch my car. They did it under warrenty and thats the only reason they got to "fix" that one.

I love the guys at Craftsman they do awesome work and I trust them 100%, and it helps one of my best friends it the Senior tech. thumbsup

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: Gen7fan] #199827 Jun 15, 1:39pm Jun 15, 1:39pm
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Mine squealled like crazy for months. I bought a Goodyear Gatorback belt for like $35 at Autozone. Since I' put it on I haven't heard as much as a peep! There really is no other way to go if you want to fix the problem.

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: expinch] #199828 Jun 15, 2:31pm Jun 15, 2:31pm
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did you put it on yourself? if not, how much was their labor charge? im about to head out over there

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: expinch] #199829 Jun 15, 2:33pm Jun 15, 2:33pm
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what did craftsman charge for the install? couldn't you have just adjusted the belt tensioner yourself to release any excess air (states so in the tsb's ed014-01 & eg010-03) before paying for. i'm gonna check to see if anything happens with mine (probably not but worth a try).


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Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: JAIMEJAMES] #199830 Jun 15, 3:18pm Jun 15, 3:18pm
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$37.17 parts
$60.00 labor (about 45min, there $80 an hour)


Well worth it in my opinion, I don't have the know how or the guts to mess with that type of thing my self. If you do more power to you. thumbsup

Re: Just put my third belt on... [Re: JAIMEJAMES] #199831 Jun 15, 3:20pm Jun 15, 3:20pm
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Originally Posted by JAIMEJAMES
what did craftsman charge for the install? couldn't you have just adjusted the belt tensioner yourself to release any excess air (states so in the tsb's ed014-01 & eg010-03) before paying for. i'm gonna check to see if anything happens with mine (probably not but worth a try).


Not that simple nor would I do that myself. Keep in mind I jacked up the belt and pulleys with the belt dressing, so I added to the problem.

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